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Old 04-10-07, 09:41 PM   #1
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Tandem Sprints

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Anyway, I came across this cool video about tandem sprints. Anyone else have any vids or material on this? Anyone ever do these? I've never seen a tandem track frame, so I'm imagining that this is a pretty obscure discipline. Anyone want to add more info?

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Old 04-11-07, 12:06 AM   #2
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It was dropped from world and national (at least in the US) competition something like 10 years ago. It's basically 400+ pounds of crazy guys on a bike that can barely support the stresses of the race.

It's a pretty insane sport-- Bart Bell suffered a serious head injury at the 1992 olympic trials when his front wheel collapsed on the infield, much like what happened in the video but with a much worse outcome. My GF later shared a house with a woman who was his GF at the time of the crash and it sounded like a pretty traumatic experience for her.

I saw video of the tandem sprints at Worlds in Palermo in 1994 and one of the tandems slid *sideways* about 20 m before tipping over.

When my GF rode nats in 94 or 95 she called late one evening while waiting for her race to come up and was on a payphone near the track. I asked her what event was going on, and she said something like "Oh, it's still the tandem sprints. I can hear them crashing"
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Old 04-11-07, 01:46 AM   #3
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I rode on once, only once. It was insane. I was the stoker on the bike and we were leading coming into the final 200, when I find the front rider on the other bike trying to head but me - crazy.
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Old 04-11-07, 05:55 AM   #4
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There still is tandem track racing, at the Paralympics, with blind blokes on the back. It was a lot of fun when I rode it ... on the front.
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It's great fun. I've ridden the track tandem many times (in fact I've raced on the track featured in that youtube clip )
There was a thread recently on the tandem forum about track tandems
Tandem Track Riding?

There is a track tandem meeting coming up in Manchester (UK) next month. Last I heard there were around 20 tandem pairs signed up already.

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I've crashed twice whilst on a track tandem. First time, I was on the rear of the tandem when the back tire punctured (Clement tubular). Second time I was on the front of the tandem, we kicked REALLY hard and snapped the flange off the rear hub!!!!
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Old 04-11-07, 03:18 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by genericbikedude
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http://www.youtube.com/v/Ml4HN3B51kc

(Hey Mods! How do I embed youtube vids???!)

Anyway, I came across this cool video about tandem sprints. Anyone else have any vids or material on this? Anyone ever do these? I've never seen a tandem track frame, so I'm imagining that this is a pretty obscure discipline. Anyone want to add more info?
If you're close to eastern PA Check out www.thevelodrome.com for "tandemonium"
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Old 04-11-07, 06:07 PM   #7
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There still is tandem track racing, at the Paralympics, with blind blokes on the back. It was a lot of fun when I rode it ... on the front.
Here's a tandem on the 50 degree boards of our Forest City Velodrome. The stoker was visually impaired and they were bound for the Paralympics where they have competed a few times.
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